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Introduction The Non-Aligned movement (NAM or movement) emerged in the late 1950s as a policy of passivity and détente which was followed by developing nations in the face of an intense cold war between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics which represented the two blocs of capitalism and democracy …

On March 9th, 2017, the publishers who had sued Rameshwari Photocopy Shop and the Delhi University withdrew their suit. This withdrawal marks the end of one of the most hotly contested and closely followed cases of copyright infringement in recent years. The five year long saga began with multinational publishers OUP, CUP and T&F filing …

An assessment on how the archaic stance on criminalisation of drugs has shot you, me and itself in the foot for decades now.   “I’m gonna smoke de ganja until I go blind,” sang Bob Marley, “You know I smoke de ganja all a de time.” Millions across the world who share the same devotion …

    It would take little effort and a pinch of attention to observe that we live in vastly unequal times. Society, it is argued, has always been this way. Centuries prior, the balance between the sexes rusted into a mannish tilt; it has now hardened into a fact – one that barely invites notice. …

  The legal legacy of free speech and expression is a prolific site to assess a nation’s democratic reality with its constitutional imagination. In present times, where forms or criticism, protest or dissent are dubbed as “anti-national”, seditious or offensive – where censorship and suppression tend towards the norm rather than the exception – such …

Questions on capital punishment: “Subtle and sure is the eternal warning that should such questions be ignored by the era it speaks to, time will find its own way of considering them. The answers that come thereof may not bode well for a modern, Constitutional nation-state”   Stroke after swipe, one after another, a chisel …

    “Today India recovers her soul after centuries of serfdom and resumes her ancient name”, enthused an editorial in the Hindustan Times on the 26th of January 1950. “Hail our sovereign republic… A day of fulfilment… Good wishes from far and near… Rejoicings all over.” 66 successful years as a republic, we have much …